Disneys Effect on Society and Culture For nearly seven decades Corporate Disney has dazzled its audiences; generation after generation have been entertained through avenues ranging from movies to elaborate theme parks. While many find this massive establishment to be a significant part of American culture and welcome the Disney spirit with open arms, one man in particular looks past the hype and into his own theory of the Disney Corporation. Carl Hiaasen, a journalist for the Miami Herald, paints a witty and sarcastic portrait in this nonfiction account of a company. Hiaasen critizises the company for manifesting evil, enveloping perfection to a sickening extent, and
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In the same way that Hiaasen criticizes good versus evil, or the conglomeration of the two, he also condemns the way Disney envelops perfection. He writes,…so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it’s unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. Imagine promoting a universe in which raw Nature doesn’t fit because it doesn’t measure up; isn’t safe enough, accessible enough, predictable enough for company standards. Disney isn’t in the business of exploiting nature so much as striving to improve upon it, constantly fine tuning God’s work.
The interesting thing here is that these days not too many corporations are criticized for striving too high. Furthermore, wanting to improve on God’s work is a charge that has been made against art and artists throughout history. Hiaasen also claims that Disney will likely soon devour the world; the very same way it has devoured this country, beginning with the children. Yet, targeting the youth of the world is a very popular and obviously effective marketing tool, used by many corporations. Hiaasen says, “snag the children and everybody else follows-parents, politicians even the press.”(10) Well what’s wrong with that? That’s how the marketing world works. Hiaasen continues his accusations by claiming Disney to be “a money-grubbing corporation.” Larry Peterson, publisher for the FSCC,